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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-79-060
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Synopsis: ON JANUARY 31, 1979, CONSOLIDATED RAIL CORPORATION (CONRAIL) FREIGHT TRAIN CNEN-O COLLIDED WITH THE REAR OF STANDING CONRAIL FREIGHT TRAIN SYEN-O AT MUNCY, PENNSYLVANIA. THE LEAD LOCOMOTIVE UNIT OF TRAIN CNEN-O WAS DESTROYED, THE SECOND LOCOMOTIVE UNITS WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED, AND 14 CARS WERE DAMAGED. FOUR CARS OF THE TRAIN SYEN-O WERE DESTROYED, AND ONE CAR WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED. TWO CREWMEMBERS WERE KILLED AND THREE WERE INJURED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE CONSOLIDATED RAIL CORPORATION: INSURE THAT ITS TRAIN OPERATIONS ARE CONDUCTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS OPERATING RULES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Muncy, PA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79763
Accident Reports: Rear End Collision of Two Consolidated Rail Corporation Freight Trains
Report #: RAR-79-06
Accident Date: 1/31/1979
Issue Date: 8/9/1979
Date Closed: 9/23/1981
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation) (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation)
Date: 9/23/1981
Response: Recommendation R-79-60 pertains to an accident between two Conrail freight trains near Muncy, Pennsylvania on January 31, 1979, and recommended that Conrail insure that its train operations are conducted in accordance with its operating rules. We are pleased to learn that Conrail has taken steps to insure that its train operations are conducted in a safe manner. We believe Conrail's actions to accelerate its operating rules surveillance and to increase its field tests for rule compliance meet the intent of the recommendation which is now classified "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation)
To: NTSB
Date: 1/29/1981
Response: CONSOLIDATED RAIL CORPORATION LTR: WE CONCUR WITH NTSB'S RECOMMENDATION IN THIS CASE, AND WE ARE TAKING EVERY POSSIBLE ACTION TO IMPLEMENT IT. CONRAIL HAS ACCELERATED ITS PROGRAM FOR OPERATING RULES SUVEILLANCE. IN FACT, THIS ACCIDENT HAS BEEN USED AS AN EXAMPLE IN A BOOKLET ENTITLED "THE RULES: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY ARE NOT FOLLOWED." THIS BOOKLET HAS BEEN MAILED TO THE HOMES OF EVERY EMPLOYEE INVOLVED IN TRAIN AND ENGINE SERVICE. IN ADDITION, THE FIELD TESTS OF OPERATING RULES COMPLIANCE HAVE CONCENTRATED INCREASINGLY ON RULES INVOLVING SIGNAL INDICATIONS.

From: NTSB
To: Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation)
Date: 11/18/1980
Response: We have reviewed our files concerning the National Transportation Safety Board's investigations of the rear end collisions of two Penn Central passenger trains near Wilmington, Delaware, on October 17, 1975; two Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) freight trains near Muncy, Pennsylvania, on January 31, 1979; and two Conrail freight trains near Royersford, Pennsylvania, on October 1, 1979. As a result of these accidents, the Safety Board addressed to Conrail Safety Recommendations R-76-32, R-76-33, R-79-60, and R-80-5. Recommendation R-76-32 was also addressed to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation. In our review, we found that the files of these safety recommendations do not indicate that a response has been received. For your convenience in identifying them, we have enclosed copies of the relevant letters of recommendation. In order to update our files of these recommendations, we would appreciate learning what actions Conrail has taken to implement them. They are presently in an open status and will remain so pending your reply.